Wild and exciting times around here as we work on all the plans necessary to get our family moved almost 1,000 miles away this summer. Daunting and exciting, but also, busy and distracting! So posts have been a bit sparse as we’ve traveled up and back several times, trying to find that one piece of dirt we’ll settle down on. But while I’ve been away, there have been some fascinating things coming across my screen that I’d love to share with you! (And if you feel like trading, I’ll be happy to take any tips or links for making a big move with your family or for living in the Pacific Northwest in exchange!) Continue reading
A recent study published by literacy expert Dr. Susan B. Neuman in the Journal of Educational Psychology, has asserted (yet again) that babies do not actually learn to read by watching videos, staring at flashcards, or chewing on any other part of a bundle marketed as educational media for babies.
The Academy Awards were held Sunday night.
Not that anyone (besides me) took note in our household.
I personally don’t mind a little celebrity indulgence now and then, and have a little bit of fun catching up on what people are wearing, who’s saying what, and quite honestly, figuring out what movies actually came out in the past year, as I certainly haven’t gotten around to seeing anything in a theater for far too long.
Just a quick thought for today:
Play is powerful. It’s the process of authentic learning in action. Children play with new ideas, with social rules, and with just about any random item they can get their hands on. It’s an on-going process of questioning, exploring, and experimenting.
Horton Hears a Who is a Dr. Seuss classic, with revived interest from the younger generation thanks to Hollywood. This story is a great tale of the commitment and unselfishness of Horton, and the importance of cooperation and individual contribution from the Who’s.
It reiterates the famous line, “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” That’s something every young child can appreciate! Reading this story also incorporates some fantastic language components including new vocabulary, such as “shirking” and “keen”, and as always, Dr. Seuss’ rhymes are great for building phonemic awareness! Use this story in conjunction with teaching social skills, while doing a Dr. Seuss author study, or as part of a zoo or jungle theme.